Charity for girl child education in India: Educate Girls

Who We Are

Educate Girls works with the government, community and village-based volunteers called Team Balika to ensure every girl in the remotest parts of India is enrolled in school and learns well.

About Us

Established in 2007, Educate Girls is a non-profit that focusses on mobilising communities for girls’ education in India’s rural and educationally backward areas.

Strongly aligned with the ‘Right to Education Act’ or the ‘Samagra Shiksha’, Educate Girls is committed to the Government’s vision to improve access to primary education for children, especially young girls.

Educate Girls currently operates successfully in over 20,000+ villages in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. By leveraging the Government’s existing investment in schools and by engaging with a huge base of community volunteers, Educate Girls helps to identify, enrol and retain out-of-school girls and to improve foundational skills in literacy and numeracy for all children (both girls and boys). This helps deliver measurable results to a large number of children and avoids parallel delivery of services.

Vision

We aim to achieve behavioural, social and economic transformation for all girls towards an India where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education.

Mission

We leverage existing community and Government resources to ensure that all girls are in school and learning well.

GOAL

Our goal is to improve access and quality of education for over 15 million children cumulatively by 2024.

Leadership

Safeena Husain

Founder and Board Member

I once met an out-of-school girl and asked her “What do you want to be?” to which she replied, “Nobody has ever asked me this question so I have never thought about it.” The same girl is now enrolled in school by Educate Girls and today she aspires to be a police officer! This is the power of education.

Safeena, a London School of Economics graduate, has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. After returning to India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – that of girls’ education – and founded Educate Girls.

Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. She has been conferred with the 2017 NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India Award, the 2016 NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award, and has in the past received the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education. Moreover, Educate Girls has received the prestigious 2015 Skoll Award, 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award, the 2014 Stars Impact Award and the India Development Marketplace Award in 2011 from the World Bank.

Under Safeena’s leadership, Educate Girls initiated the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education, a proof of concept that ties funding to outcomes. In 2018, on its completion, the Educate Girls’ DIB surpassed both its target outcomes by achieving 160% of its learning target and 116% of its enrolment target. The results are testimony to the fact that Educate Girls continues to deliver quality at scale and value to every single child in the program.

Maharshi Vaishnav

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Maharshi has 15 years of progressively responsible cross-functional experience in strategic communications, advocacy development and international development. His work experience comprises being a part of one of India’s most diversified business conglomerates, and being a part of a global communications agency, where he provided communication advisory services to Fortune 500 organizations. His last stint prior to joining Educate Girls was a Fellowship with Grameen Foundation in South-East Asia. Maharshi holds a Master of Public Policy (International Development) and a Master of Business Administration.

Senior Management Team

Anushree Singh

Head - Human Resources

Lisa Rodricks

Director - Strategy

Meena Sriramane

Director - Purpose & Resource Mobilisation

Vijaylakshmi Saxena

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

* Names arranged alphabetically.

Board

Ganesh Natrajan
Ireena Vittal
Luis Miranda
Safeena Husain
Sumit Bose
Ujwal Thakar
* Names arranged alphabetically

Thank You for your support

* Names arranged country-wise and alphabetically
Aditi Thorat
Ami Parikh
Cynthia Gire
Jasmeet Kaur Srivastava
Pooja Bhatt
Pragni Kapadia
Roopa Kudva
Sarath Divella
Swati Apte
Tara Kapur

Partners

* Names arranged alphabetically
Government of Madhya Pradesh
Government of Rajasthan
Government of Uttar Pradesh
10x10
Accenture
Adobe Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
APCO
Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
Bank of America Continuum India Pvt. Ltd
Bloom&Give
Bohemian Foundation
Cartier Charitable Foundation
COMO Foundation
Cotopaxi
CRiSiL Foundation
Dasra
Educate A Child (EAC)
Eros Foundation
Finastra
Fossil Foundation
Give India
Give2Asia
Global Giving
Goldman Sachs
HDB Financial Services
HT Parekh Foundation
International Finance Corporation
iPartner India
Jasmine Social Investments
Jester Foundation
LGT Venture Philanthropy
Lionbridge
Lucille Foundation
Marico Limited
Max India Foundation
Mercuri Urval
Montpelier Foundation
Motivation For Excellence (RG Manudhane Foundation)
National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI)
National Stock Exchange (NSE)
Oracle
PIAGET
Pratham
Ray & Tye Noorda Foundation
Sandhan
Sols ARC
STiR Education
Strategy&
Students Stand With Malala
The Audacious Project
The British Asian Trust
The Mulago Foundation
The University of Michigan
The Womanity Foundation
The World Bank
UBS Optimus Foundation
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Recognition

* Arranged from most recent to oldest
HundrED 2021 Global Collection
MIT Solve’s Learning for Girls & Women Challenge 2020
Global Giving 2020
ET Prime Women Leadership Awards 2019
GuideStar Gold Certificate
NITI Aayog Women Transforming India Award 2017
L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award
Nasscom Foundation Social Innovation Award 2015-16
2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
2014 Stars Impact Award
2014 WISE Award
2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award
Volunteer Hero Award 2014
The British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award, 2013
The CSR Women Leader Award, 2012
WomenChangeMakers Awards, 2012
The Rotary’s Anita Parekh Award, 2012
EdelGive Social Innovation Honors, 2011
The World Bank
Asia 21 Young Leader, 2011
Karmaveer Puraskar, 2011
Village Capital Award, 2010

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Educate Girls is a project of Foundation To Educate Girls Globally (FEGG) | FEGG is registered in India under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013.

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